Dec 10 2014

News - Windows 7 + CableCARD? Do not install KB3004394!

Details are a bit sparse, but it appears that the recent KB3004394 patch breaks content protection on Windows Media Center for all CableCARD / Digital Cable Tuners (DCT). Early word was that it affected all platforms, but Silicondust says it's safe for Windows 8+. So if you're running Windows 7 probably best to skip that one for a while.

Dec 03 2014

News - D-Link Now Shipping All-in-One Network Video Recorder (DNR-312L)

If, like me, you're not really sold on putting everything in The Cloud. Relying on remote storage for all of your security camera footage is a concern so it is nice to see D-Link address this with a local endpoint for its IP surveillance cameras. $350 is a bit pricey, but as a device targeted more towards the small business market that is understandable - hopefully we'll also see cheaper options for those who prefer local storage soon.

PR after the break.

Nov 26 2014

News - Fractal Design Announces DEFINE R5 Silent Chassis

Fractal Design makes outstanding cases for not a lot of money. No matter which one we review the outcome has always been the same – solid, well designed, and a great value. So it is great to see them iterating the focused-on-silence Define series with the new R5 which will only run $110-120 depending on whether you want a side window or not.

Full PR after the click.

Nov 25 2014

Review - Perfect Home Theater (PHT) T-ITX-6: Thin-ITX HTPC Chassis

Perfect Home Theater (PHT) T-ITX-6: Thin-ITX HTPC Chassis

There are many different types of home theater PC (HTPC) enclosures; with most falling somewhere in the spectrum between a throw-everything-including-a-big-O’-GPU-in-the-box and the small-silent-discrete varieties. Supporting only Thin-ITX motherboards the $160 Perfect Home Theater (PHT) T-ITX-6 is firmly located in the latter category. That’s not to say that expansion is strictly limited to just an optical disc drive (ODD) however, with the chassis supporting one low-profile PCIe and up to three 3.5” hard drives, or a Slim-line ODD, two 3.5” and one 2.5” storage devices. With such a sleek aluminum profile there must be some compromise required, let’s dig in and find it.

Nov 18 2014

Review - Thecus N2560 2-Drive NAS System

Back in April, we took a look at the 5-Bay NAS N5550 from Thecus, which was one of their first NAS units including an HDMI port to allow hybrid functionality by combining the reliability of a NAS with some of the features of a dedicated HTPC (home theater PC).  With conventional hard drives reaching 6TB these days, support for five disks is unnecessary for many buyers , so Thecus has released a two-bay version of their NAS, the N2560. Available in white, this two drive NAS also includes an HDMI port but has a much smaller footprint, which increases the installation flexibility and reducies the potential for noise pollution, alongside a much more affordable price.


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